Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Monday 25 March 2013

Finally connected again.

Phew! I am finally back in here! We have had no Internet connection worth speaking about for the last week or so,  so it has all been a bit quiet around The Compost Bin. Thanks to Tony the BT engineer we seem to have at least an occasional connection at the moment - how long it will last I don't know.
Snow - do you have some? We do! I am getting very fed up with the lack of Spring - I want to be out in the garden digging and I can't as it is too wet and too cold just yet. Even in the Polytunnel it is really a bit too cold to be sowing the seeds I normally start about this time of year. Oh well, I hope we will all be able to catch up in the next few weeks.
 I have a post coming up about ponds and how lovely they are and why it is such a good thing to have one ( even a tiny pondlet) if you can possibly manage it, but for now I will just say a huge "Hello and welcome  to my more recent new followers :-) 

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  1. Hello back :)

    No snow here on the coast, but extreme winds! Loving the blog, wish I'd of found it sooner.

  2. No snow here in Wilts but it's absolutely freezing and it's really frustrating not to be able to get out in the garden without getting frostbite :-(

  3. Snow largely melted around us, but still very very cold :-(

  4. Hello back. I'm one of your newer followers and enjoy regular readings here so very glad you got your internet back up and running.
    Looking forward to your pond post.


    1. Keep your fingers crossed Linda - it has been on and off again all afternoon :-(

      Calling BT back in tomorrow :-(

  5. Snow here in Bucks. Picture of the poor birds in my garden on my blog. Not because of the snow but because they are having to eat my first attempt at homemade bread. Ah well, good for paving slabs! Wondered where you had gone. Glad to see you back.
    S. c

    1. Keep trying on the bread front as it is SO worth it when it goes right! Have you been watching Paul Hollywood - he is so good on Bread ( and such fun to watch - I drool a bit I must admit, and not just over his baking skills ( blush)

  6. You mention clay at the base of your pond. Do you think it could have been a 'dew pond' for watering horses/cattle when it was first made? You say that it is a man made pond. We had them in East Anglia in the past. They were lined with 'puddled' clay. I've been told by old horsemen that cattle had to be kept back from them, so they didn't put their hooves through the clay lining, and let the water out; and that the beasts were watered from troughs or buckets. I suppose the ponds were fenced off.

    1. Hi there :-)

      It a good question :-) and from what I said in my post a reasonable assumption, but no. It was man made, but by the previous owners of our house, in 1991.

      There is a dew pond very near us which is much older and has a cobbled way in for washing down the horses and carts, there are also numerous farms with proper fold yards with the pond for the heavy horses to be wash in.

      Where I used to live we had common land with dew ponds which were fenced off for the very reason you mention - the animals stood on the edge and could drink through the deliberate gaps in the fence, but not wade in.


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